Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru

2019
France
Burgundy

Clos du Roi, one of the most famous vineyards of Corton, is just below the Le Corton lieu-dit of Corton Charlemagne, a terroir high on the hillside, very steep and made up of clay-limestone marls containing a little sand and little topsoil. Claude describes it as a chance to taste Charlemagne as a red. The vines struggle here in the rugged soil. It is a late-ripening terroir which, through its ability to drain, allows the grapes to avoid rot during the last phase of ripening. Chandon de Briailles owns .38 hectares, planted in 1961 and 1985 at an elevation of three hundred meters and east-facing. Clos du Roi reveals something new each additional year it’s kept in the cellar.

92-94 points
"The 2019 Corton Clos-du-Roi Grand Cru is the most backward and sultry of three Corton Grand Crus tasted from Chandon de Briailles. Despite that, it will ultimately boast the most precision and mineralité. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fleshy and caressing in the mouth. Unlike the nose, this is more expressive and giving. Silky-smooth red berry fruit appears on the finish. Lovely, but comparing side by side, my money is on the Bressandes."
Neal Martin,
Vinous
, January 2020
93-95 points
"More rustic than the seamless Ile de Vergelesses, the 2019 Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Les Valozières exhibits aromas of raw cocoa, red berThe king of the cellar is unsurprisingly the 2019 Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru, a beautiful wine in the making that exhibits scents of wild berries, peonies, cinnamon, exotic spices and sweet soil tones. Full-bodied, deep and lively, it’s the most mineral and dynamic of the domaine’s grands crus this year, concluding with a long, chalky finish."
William Kelley,
Wine Advocate
94 points
"In the same vein as the Bressandes, this too is exceptionally spicy with perhaps even more floral influence, especially rose petal, on the red and blue pinot fruit aromas. The succulent and energetic medium-bodied flavors possess an absolutely gorgeous texture that is fine yet powerful and mineral-driven while delivering superb length on the serious, austere and built-to-age finish. This is potentially brilliant but a wine that is definitely going to require extended patience."
Allen Meadows,
Burghound

SKU/Code: 
DB6627-19
Product Line: 
National Portfolio
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic